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Forever Festival electronic music fest is September 19-20, 2014 at Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights, MI (north of Detroit). information at: freedomhill.net

Old Town BluesFest is September 19-20, 2014 in Lansing. Free blues festival with national, regional and local acts. info on → facebook

UPCOMING CONCERTS – some of the big ones.
To see a lot more, click → Concerts in Metro Detroit and Michigan

Keyshia Cole wsg Monica and Jazmine Sullivan – September 20, 2014 at the Fox Theatre.
Rascal Flatts with Sheryl Crow – September 21, 2014 at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
Daryl Hall & John Oates – September 21, 2014 at Freedom Hill.
Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull – September 21, 2014 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Rob Zombie – September 27, 2014 at First Merit Bank Event Park (Dow Event Center).
Cher wsg Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo – October 1, 2014 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
ZZ Top – October 4, 2014 at FireKeepers Casino Hotel (Battle Creek).
Gladys Knight – October 9, 2014 at Sound Board.
Jason Aldean with Florida Georgia Line, Tyler Farr – October 10 + 11, 2014 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Ben Folds with Detroit Symphony Orchestra – October 15, 2014 at Orchestra Hall, Detroit.
Pearl Jam – October 16, 2014 at Joe Louis Arena.
Fleetwood Mac – October 22, 2014 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Insane Clown Posse – October 31, 2014 at The Fillmore Detroit.
Usher – November 4, 2014 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Motley Crue with Alice Cooper – November 8, 2014 at Joe Louis Arena. Final Tour, Last Detroit Show.
Stevie Wonder – November 20, 2014 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Brian Setzer Orchestra – November 21, 2014 at the Fox Theatre.
Hunter Hayes – November 22, 2014 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Kenny Rogers – December 6, 2014 at the Fox Theatre.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas – December 7, 2014 at the Fox Theatre.
Andrea Bocelli – December 14, 2014 at Joe Louis Arena.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) – December 27, 2014 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Maroon 5 – March 18, 2015 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Above is a Partial List. To see many more concerts, click → List of Upcoming Concerts – which is a combined list of most concerts at The Palace of Auburn Hills, DTE Energy Music Theatre, Freedom Hill, The Fillmore Detroit, Ford Field, Comerica Park, Fox Theatre Detroit, Van Andel Arena, more.


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January 3-4, 2014 (fri-sat)  Annual Anti-Freeze Blues Festival – in Ferndale, MI (1 mile north of Detroit). info when available: www.themagicbag.com
At the Magic Bag on Woodward Ave just north of 9 Mile Rd, ph# 248-544-1991. Doors open 7pm. Cost is $25 each day, portion of the proceeds benefits the Detroit Blues Society.

January 10-11, 2014 (fri-sat)  Secret Friends Fest – at The Loving Touch in Ferndale, MI.
info on facebook at facebook.com/secretfriendsfest
a new music festival with approx 18 music performers.

January 11, 2014 (sat)  Jill Jack Annual Birthday Bash – at The Ark in Ann Arbor, MI. info at theark.org/3312.html + www.jilljack.com

January 16-18, 2014 (thu-sat)  Annual Michigan Music Conference (MMC) – in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan). website: www.michiganmusicconference.org
Held at DeVos Place and Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. Purpose of the conference is to provide an annual in-service opportunity for the professional development of Michigan music educators and to serve as a coordinating body for collaborative, inter-association initiatives in support of school music in Michigan.

January 17, 2014 (fri)  Mike Leslie Band Debut Album CD Release Show – at The Magic Bag in Ferndale, MI, just north of Detroit. Debut album is self-titled: Mike Leslie Band, pop-rock genre. Opening bands are Seven Birds One Stone and Chris Degnore and the Black Drops. info at www.mikeleslieband.com + facebook

January 18, 2014 (sat)  Saint Ridley Fool or a King Record Release Bash – at The Crofoot in Pontiac. heavy rock/metal genre also is featuring Givensix, Overstone, and All the Wild Children. Tickets $5 from bands or $10 at the door. info on Saint Ridley facebook + facebook event

January 24 – Feb 1, 2014  Ferndale Blues and Music Festival 2014 – in Ferndale, MI (just north of Detroit). website: www.ferndalebluesfestival.org
2013 Budlight Ferndale Blues Festival. This Annual Festival averages more than 60 concerts held over nine days at over 20 venues throughout downtown Ferndale. The Ferndale Blues Festival donates 100% of proceeds to local charities.

January 25, 2014 (sat)   11th Annual MetalFest – at Harpo's in Detroit, MI.
information: www.harposconcerttheatre.com + facebook
20+ bands, 2 stages, all ages, tickets $8. location: 14238 Harper Rd, Detroit, MI 48213.


January 30-31, 2015 (fri-sat)   Ann Arbor Folk Festival - 38th – at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, MI. website: theark.org/ann_arbor_folk_festival.html
The Ark's largest annual fundraising event with some of the finest in traditional and contemporary artists. Each night will feature a blend of renowned and up-and-coming performers, providing audiences with the opportunity to hear popular artists working at the top of their field while discovering terrific new talent. All funds raised through the Festival benefit The Ark, Ann Arbor's non-profit home for folk, roots, and ethnic music.

February 1, 2014 (sat)  Hip In Detroit - 2nd Anniversary Show – at The Loving Touch in Ferndale, MI. bands and a dj, plus prizes and giveaways. info at: facebook.com/events/556877904386741 + www.hipindetroit.com

February 5-8, 2014 (wed-sat)  Berserker music fest at The Loving Touch in Ferndale, MI.
websites: berserkerdetroit.com + facebook
"4 day event presented by The Loving Touch & Woodward Avenue Brewers. 50 bands from Detroit and beyond. Fast/heavy/extreme/weird music."

February 7, 2014 (fri)  Dilla Day Tribute Concert – at The Fillmore Detroit.
info at: thefillmoredetroit.com
18+ over, features Royce da 5� 9� wsg Talib Kweli and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Dilla's younger brother John "Illa J" Yancey, several DJs and other performers. Tickets are $20-$50.

February 8, 2014 (sat)  Microbrew & Music Festival - Winter – in Traverse City, MI (Northwest Michigan). website: microbrewandmusic.com
“Each Microbrew & Music Festival features over 75 musicians, over 45 breweries and over 200 craft brew flavors, between 7 and 10 local food vendors.”

February 8, 2014 (sat)  Hear This! Fest – at Diesel Concert Lounge in Chesterfield Twp. 14 bands. hearthispromotions.weebly.com

February 14-15, 2014 (fri-sat)  Cooper's Glen Great Lakes Acoustic Music Festival – in Kalamazoo, MI (West Michigan) at The Radisson.
official website: www.coopersglen.com + www.greatlakesacoustic.org
approx 12 grassroots and acoustic performers, plus workshops and family activities.

February 19-23, 2014 (wed-sun)  Annual Sphinx Competition and Finals Concert – in Detroit. website: www.sphinxmusic.org/
“The competition is open to all Junior High, High School, and College age Black and Latino string players residing in the U.S. The Sphinx Competition offers young Black and Latino classical string players a chance to compete under the guidance of an internationally renowned panel of judges and to perform with established professional musicians in a competition setting.”

February 22, 2014 (sat)   The Hamiltons In Cranford We Trust CD Release Party at Freddy's Bar, 40000 Garfield Rd, Clinton Township, MI 48038. Admission is $5, special guest Shotgun Soul. info on facebook

February 22, 2014 (sat)  27th Erotic Poetry & Music Festival at Corktown Tavern, 1716 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216. info at www.staticrecords.com/shows.htm

March 1, 2014 (sat)  William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition Finals (Voice) – in Flint, MI. website: www.byrdartists.com
"Young artists from throughout the world compete for a grand prize of $6,000 plus an opportunity to perform with the Flint Symphony Orchestra. each year features a different category.

March 1, 2014 (sat)  Dead in 5 Wreck Your World CD Release Party – at the Token Lounge in Westland. With special guests Harlow (hot female fronted rock), Toledo Sleaze Metal Masters Downspeed and Ann Arbor's unruly The Wild Savages. 28949 Joy Road, Westland, MI 48185. information on facebook

March 6-8, 2014 (thu-sat)  Hamtramck Music Festival in Hamtramck, MI (inside Detroit).
website: www.hamtramckmusicfestival.com
Over 100 local music acts perform at 15 venues, most within walking distance of each other. This music fest goes back to the original vibe and feel of the Metro Times Blowout. It's a bar hoppin', venue hoppin', all types of live local music good time!

March 7, 2014 (fri)  Gia Warner LOVE CD Release Concert – at Callahans Music Hall in Auburn Hills, MI. information on facebook

March 14-15, 2014 (fri-sat)  WO-Stock Music Festival – in Holland, MI (Western Michigan).
websites: wostock.com + facebook
Annual event. Two nights, three stages, approx 50 Bands.

March 29, 2014 (sat)  Kaleido Unbreakable Album Release Party wsg Flint Eastwood – at The Majestic Theatre in Detroit. All Ages, tickets $12 in advance, $15 day of show. Majestic Theatre address: 4120-4140 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201. more information at www.kaleidoband.com and on facebook event

March 29, 2014 (sat)  The Falcons 50's Nostalgia Club Spring Dance – at Msgr. Hunt K of C Hall, 7080 Garling Dr, Dearborn Heights, MI. featured entertainment is Street Heart (Detroit Still Doo Wops) and your DJ, Doo Wop "Danny Wilson". information at www.falconsdoowop.net


April 5, 2014 (sat)  Monroe Street Fair Hash Bash Festival – in Ann Arbor, MI.
websites: www.monroestreetfair.com + facebook
“We are looking forward to another stellar lineup. We plan on featuring comedy and other fun stuff in between acts.”

April 10-12, 2014 (thur-sat)  Fuzz Fest – at Woodruff's in Ypsilanti, MI.
websites: facebook page + facebook event
"A celebration of Michigan Rock 'N' Roll music in all it's various forms. Two stages, three nights, 33 awesome Michigan bands."

April 12, 2014 (sat)  Jake’s Music Festival – annual benefit concert in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan).
website: www.jakesmusicfestival.blogspot.com
5pm-11pm. Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506. This annual event is a benefit concert for the local chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Show is Free, Donations to JDRF will be accepted, plus there is a silent auction. Bands are donating their time to this great cause. Jake's Music Festival was started by Tom and Mary Scheidel of Rockford and named for their son Jake who was diagnosed with Type 1, also known as juvenile diabetes, when he was only six. Bring your family and friends.

April 12, 2014 (sat)  Travie P's April Fool EP Release Party wsg SayItAintTone & A-Dubb Da Gawd from Big Sean's Finally Famous! Party at US 12 Bar And Grill in Wayne, MI. Advanced Tickets $10, door $15. info on facebook

April 17, 2014 (thu)  Sick Born Wild Record Release Show at The Loving Touch in Ferndale, MI. Free show includes special guests After Dark Amusement Park, Nigel & The Dropout, and The Bronze Way. info on facebook

April 18, 2014 (fri)  Dual CD Release Party - Ronny Tibbs & the 305's EP Square Hole 45 and The Paper Sound LP Trajectories at The Loving Touch in Ferndale, MI. Admission $8, includes CD from both bands. info on facebook

April 18-19, 2014 (fri-sat)  Microbrew & Music Festival - Lansing, MI
website: microbrewandmusic.com
“Each Microbrew & Music Festival features over 75 musicians, over 45 breweries and over 200 craft brew flavors, between 7 and 10 local food vendors.”

April 19, 2014 (sat)  Cadre Nation CD Release Party at Detroit Pub in Clinton Township, MI. "Come out and celebrate its release with us as we play alongside some friends of ours in Seven Ways West, Steal Your Medicine, and Mondays Lie!!! First 150 people through the door get the CD for free." info on facebook

April 19, 2014 (sat)  Record Store Day 2014 – Record Store Day 2013 Ambassador was Jack White. website: www.recordstoreday.com
A celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned real, live, physical, indie record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally. On website you can enter to win prizes plus find stores near you. Check out and visit Michigan Record Stores. Annual celebration, 3rd Saturday every April.

April 21, 2013 (sun)  27th Annual Review Music Awards Ceremony & Celebration – at at the Barts Entertainment Complex in Bay City (East/Mid Michigan). information: www.newreviewsite.com + facebook
"Join us for this annual landmark musical event whereby we honor Great Lakes Bay musicians in over 70 categories of music and genres ranging from Jazz, Blues, Rock, Country, Folk, Hip-Hop and more, as selected and voted upon by registered voters of Review Magazine." Final voting round ends March 7, 2013 and determine the winner in each category.

April 24-26, 2014 (thu-sat)  North American International Banjo Convention NAIBC 2014 – at the Doubletree Hotel in Dearborn, MI (west side of Detroit). website: www.naibc.org

April 24 - May 10, 2014  Gilmore Keyboard Festival – in West Michigan.
website: www.gilmorekeyboardfestival.org
Held every other year, next one in 2014. "The Gilmore's festival presents two weeks of astonishing keyboard performances across West Michigan, a festival that celebrates the joy and power of music in concerts, recitals, chamber music performances, lectures, master classes, and film."

April 25, 2014 (fri)  Detroit Music Awards 2014 – DMA 23rd Anniversary Ceremony & Show at The Fillmore Detroit in Downtown Detroit. website: www.detroitmusicawards.com
Big Time Annual Awards Ceremony presented by the Detroit Music Awards Foundation (DMAF). This night is all about meeting and congratulating our incredibly talented local musicians in grand style! It's a glorious night with award presentations, live performances, music biz movers and shakers in attendance, access to local music information. Admission Tickets info will be posted on website along with scheduled performers and information for sponsorships and vendor booths.

April 25-26, 2014 (fri-sat)  Bringin' Back the 80's Festival – in Frankenmuth (mid/east MI, north of Flint). websites: www.80sfest.org + facebook.com
Annual event, all ages, Admission $10. Break Dancing Show, Look-A-Like Contest, Thriller Dance-A-Long, 80s Fest Queen, DJ with music videos, live band, Retro Rec Room with memorabilia and gaming, photo booth, more. 989-652-8008.

April 30 – May 3, 2014  Metro Times Blowout 17 – in metro Detroit.
websites: www.mtblowout.com + blowout.metrotimes.com + facebook + twitter
"300 Bands, 25 Venues, 4 Nights of Mayhem. One of the most legendary music events in metro Detroit." Schedule and Bands will be on main websites. Enjoy this All Local, Big-Time, Music Slavin', Venue Bar-Hopping good time!


May 8, 2014 (thu)  New Motor Music Collective - Conference and Musicians Challenge – at Cloverlanes Bowl in Livonia, MI. starts 6 pm. website: www.outtanowhereent.com
All ages public event. NMMC conference features networking, displays and Q&A discussion with those in the Metro Detroit music industry. Musicians Challenge (monthly) is band/musician competition for $400 in cash plus prizes, fan votes after performances decide winner, musician signup on website.

May 10, 2014 (sat)  Lookin' Back's 5th Annual Bob Seger Birthday Bash (a Bob Seger Tribute) – in Commerce, MI. info: www.tributetoseger.com + facebook + tickets
This Bob Seger Birthday Bash will be at Wonderland Lanes where Bob Seger himself performed in the late 60's. Lookin' Back, a Bob Seger Tribute band, will performing. address: 8265 Richardson Rd, Commerce, MI 48390.

May 10, 2014 (sat)  Ty Stone CD The Boulevard & The Infatuations CD Detroit Block Party Dual Album Release Party – at Saint Andrew's Hall in Detroit, wsg Stereo Jane & Shotgun Soul. information on facebook

May 17, 2014 (sat)  The Meatmen Savage Sagas Album Release Party at Small's Bar in Hamtramck. special guests are Gang Green, Easy Action, and Nice Hooves. info/tickets at www.smallsbardetroit.com + facebook

May 18, 2014 (sun)  Billy Brandt & The Sugarees CD/Album release and Springtime Jamboree at Callahans Music Hall in Auburn Hills, MI. with special guests John Holk & the Sequins and Chris Degnore and the Black Drops. info on facebook

May 18-21, 2014 (sun-wed)  Bach Festival Week – in Kalamazoo, MI (West Michigan).
websites: www.kalamazoobachfestival.org + facebook

May 24-26, 2014 (sat-mon)  Movement 2014 Electronic Music Festival – in Downtown Detroit at Hart Plaza. websites: movement.us + facebook
Annual event, Movement features EDM (electronic dance music), almost 100 artists on four stages. Paid General Admission, day pass and three-day passes available.

May 25, 2014 (sun)  New Fortune Fest – a New Fortune Records record label 11 bands showcase at the New Dodge Lounge in Hamtramck. "an all day long celebration of the music scene that is Detroit." info at New Fortune Records facebook + Fest facebook event

May 25, 2014 (sun)  Laura Rain and the Caesars Official CD Release of Closer at Cliff Bell's jazz nightclub, 2030 Park Ave., Detroit, MI 48226. info on facebook

May 30 - June 1, 2014 (fri-sun)  WYCD Downtown Hoedown – at Comerica Park in Downtown Detroit. websites: WYCD Hoedown + facebook
Over 40 country artists on several stages. 2014 headliners include Big & Rick, The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley, Tyler Farr, more. Put on by 99.5 WYCD and Live Nation.


June 5-7, 2014 (thu-sat)  Jackson Blues Festival – in Jackson, MI (south of Lansing, west of Ann Arbor). websites: jacksonbluesfest.com + facebook
held at the Jackson County Airport, Admission $5 each day. presented by Slipped Disc Productions

June 7, 2014 (sat)  Crispy Music Fest – at Whites Bar in Saginaw, MI.
information: facebook
Annual event. Indoor/Outdoor Festival, all ages, 3 stages, approximately 28 bands.

June 12-15, 2014 (thu-sun)  Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival – in Frankenmuth, MI (Mid Michigan). information: www.frankenmuthfestivals.com
“Hear Bavarian music played by authentically dressed German bands, watch two outstanding parades, enjoy an expanded midway with rides and games and enjoy exciting dance music in our Harvey Kern Pavilion.”

June 13-15, 2014 (fri-sun)  Noreast’r Music & Art Festival – in Mio, MI (southeast of Gaylord). websites: noreastr.net + facebook
annual fest. tickets cost $10 to $60, depending on day or weekend passes, bought in advance, etc. Presented by the AuSable Valley NorEast'r Association of Folk (AVNAF).

June 13-15, 2014 (fri-sun)  Motor City Irish Fest (MCIF) – in Redford, MI (just west of Detroit). information at: facebook
Annual. Live entertainment includes bands, singers, pipers and dancers. Irish food. Held on the grounds of St. Valentine Church located on Beech Daly Rd (south of 5 Mile). The 2011 Irish fest drew over 5000 people and this year promises to be much larger, with larger tents, more sponsors, additional children's tent by day and sessions tent in the evening and more vendors and events throughout the festival. Admission $7.

June 13-15, 2014 (fri-sun)  Music at Belleville National Strawberry Festival – in Belleville, MI (west of Detroit). website: www.nationalstrawberryfest.com
annual event. Downtown area has 3 stages of live entertainment. Variety of local bands and artists are featured and their schedules will be posted, plus "Strawberry Idol" singing competition.

June 14, 2014 (sat)  FreeMusic Fest (FMF) – in Freeland, MI (Mid/East Michigan).
websites: freemusicfest.com + facebook
Noon to Dusk, FREE Admission. Tittabawassee Park, 9200 Midland Rd, Freeland MI. 7th in 2014. Join us in the park for a day filled with the sounds of Michigan's finest original music, sunshine and fun for the whole family! There's a little something for everyone at FMF. You might hear blues, jazz, rock, country or folk music. You can visit with local artists and see their creations. Food from local vendors and an expansive play area for the kiddies! As Bo White (owner of White's Bar in Saginaw) said, "Is it any wonder that Billboard Magazine listed the Fest as one of the top 5 free music events in Michigan?" Well, we couldn't agree more!

June 14-29, 2014  Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival – in Southeast Michigan.
website: www.greatlakeschambermusic.com
theme for 2014: "In The Shadow of Bach".

June 19-21, 2014 (thu-sat)  Kalamazoo Island Festival – in West Michigan.
websites: www.islandfestkalamazoo.com + facebook
Michigan''s Largest Reggae Festival. Music includes international, national, regional, and local talent and is the largest celebration of the Caribbean culture in Michigan.

June 20-21, 2014 (fri-sat)  Alpena Blues Festival – in Alpena, MI (northeast lower peninsula). websites: www.alpenablues.com + facebook
10th Annual in 2013, held at the Alpena County Fairgrounds which has a covered stage & grandstand, also has camping sites.

June 21, 2014 (sat)  Spirit of the Woods Folk Festival – in Brethren, MI (northwest lower peninsula). website: www.spiritofthewoods.org/festival.html
37th Annual in 2014, Free Admission.

June 25-27, 2014 (wed-fri)  Dunesville Music Festival 2014 – in Lake Ann, MI (northwest Michigan). websites: dunesvillemusicfestival.com + facebook
Multi-day family friendly, multi-stage Music, Arts and Crafts, Food and Fun event with on site camping.

June 26-29, 2014 (thu-sun)  Electric Forest Festival – in Rothbury, MI, at the Double JJ Ranch (Western MI). websites: www.electricforestfestival.com + facebook
Four day outdoor music festival. Many music genres, about 90 local and national music acts. camping available. 2013 fest tickets ranged from $199 to $575.

June 26-29, 2014 (thu-sun)  St. Stan's A.C. Polish Festival – in Bay City, MI (East/Mid Michigan). information: facebook.
Enjoy Polish Music (live bands) at "Michigan's largest Polish Festival"

June 27-28, 2014 (fri-sat)  JuneGrass Bluegrass Music Festival – in Lowell, MI (West Michigan). information: www.wmbma.org/festivals/junegrass/junegrass.html
Sponsored by West Michigan Bluegrass Music Association. This year we have a brand new and improved bluegrass festival! Come join us for JuneGrass, the festival that replaces our previous MayFest Bluegrass Festival. We've gone all out in booking some really hot bands for your entertainment pleasure! Along with the music we'll have instrument workshops, activities for the kids, a song writer's competition, and more to be announced.

June 27-29, 2014 (fri-sun)  Stars and Stripes Festival – at Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights, MI. websites: www.starsandstripesfest.com + facebook
FREE admission. Music Performances by national and local bands, over 75 performances, four stages. Plus there's art, fireworks and more.

TBA  Orion Music and More Festival – on Belle Isle in Detroit.
websites: www.orionmusicandmore.com + facebook
A hard rock and heavy metal music experience hosted by Metallica. Because Belle Isle just became a state park with new rules and regulations, future of this weekend festival is in doubt.


July 3, 2014 (thu)  Divine Playground - Paint VS Foam Festival – at Elektricity Festival Grounds in Pontiac, MI. ages 17+, features live electronic music. info at www.elektricitymusic.com + facebook

July 3-5, 2015  Federation of Electronic Music Technology and DEMF – at Ford Field in Detroit. websites: femt.us + demf.us + facebook
Detroit Electronic Music Festival (DEMF) will be held simultaneously with the Federation of Electronic Music Technology (FEMT).

July 3-6, 2014 (thu-sun)  Cedar Polka Fest – in Cedar, MI (Northwest Michigan).
websites: www.cedarpolkafest.com + facebook
Annual four-day party with parade, food, drink, continuous polka music and dancing.

July 5 + July 10-13, 2014  Concert of Colors – Diversity Festival – in Midtown Detroit.
website/info: www.concertofcolors.com + arabamericanmuseum.org
Free Admission, multiple venues. Annual musical celebration of Metro Detroit's cultural diversity. It features the Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue and musical acts from around the world with a wide range of global musical styles, including music from Detroit area.

July 8-13, 2014 (tue-sun)  Common Ground Music Festival – in downtown Lansing, MI.
website: www.commongroundfest.com
Annual event. "The featured component of Common Ground - top-shelf, national musical performers will occupy two (2) main stages each night. Headline shows will spotlight numerous contemporary musical formats including Country, Classic Rock, New Rock and R&B. A variety of local, regional and other national performers will ignite other festival stages with non-stop music of all kinds throughout the Festival." tickets generally range from $24.50 to $119.50

July 9-12, 2014 (wed-sat)  Music at River Raisin Festival – in Blissfield, MI.
website: www.blissfield.net     annual, 31st in 2014.

July 10-13, 2014 (thu-sun)  Uncle Sam Jam – in Woodhaven, MI (Downriver, south of Detroit). websites: www.unclesamjamfest.com + facebook
FREE Concerts include National Music Entertainment each night. Plus Carnival Rides and Games, and a Firework Display. Held at Civic Center Park, see website for full details.

July 10-12, 2014 (thu-sat)  Kalamazoo Blues Festival (KBF) – in Kalamazoo (West Michigan). information: www.kvba.org/?page_id=206 + facebook
20th Annual in 2013. 20+ acts, national and the regions best blues talent. Put on by the Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association (KVBA), held at the Arcadia Festival Site. Fest held annually in July.

July 11-12, 2014 (fri-sat)  Michigan Elvisfest – in Ypsilanti, MI.
websites: www.mielvisfest.org + facebook
Annual event. Tickets: Friday (5 PM to Midnight) $13 per person, Saturday (Noon to Midnight) $18 per person, Children 12 years and under admitted free. Discount tickets will be available online. "One of The Largest Elvisfest Concerts in North America! This not a contest but a true concert with spectacular performances, from the first act to the last act, by the best professional Elvis Tribute Artists in North America." includes local.

July 11-13, 2014 (fri-sun)  American Polish Festival & Craft Show – in Sterling Heights, MI (north of Detroit). website: www.americanpolishfestival.com
33rd. Three days of Live Music and Dancing, Polish Cuisine and American favorites, Craft show, Polish Pub, Annual Pierogi-Eating Contest, Vegas Room and Kid's Games. Held on the grounds of the American-Polish Century Club located at 33204 Maple Lane, Sterling Heights, MI 48312. Entry Fee is $5 parking. phone 586-264-7990.

July 11-13, 2014 (fri-sun)  Blissfest – 34th Annual – in Harbor Springs, MI (northwest tip of lower peninsula). details at: www.blissfest.org
A celebration of music, culture, art and community featuring a world of diverse and innovative folk and roots music and dance. All ages event is a showcase of the many musical styles that define American roots and world music. Bluegrass, Blues, Cajun, Celtic, Folk, Jazz, Latin, Ethnic. 3 stages, 4 workshop areas, organized children's activities, a variety of food concessions and a juried arts and crafts show. Tickets $10 to $125 depending on day or weekend pass, member, non-member, etc., camping available, extra.

July 12, 2014 (sat)  Hot Blues and BBQ - 7th Annual – in Lake Orion, MI (northwest of Detroit). website: www.hotbluesandbbq.com
at Cantebury Village, 2369 Joslyn Ct, Lake Orion, MI. 48360.

July 17-19, 2014 (thu-sat)  Beaver Island Music Festival – on Beaver Island, near Charlevoix. website: www.beaverislandmusicfestival.com
Annual. 11+ music artists. festival promotes variety and tradition of all music and art. camping available. tickets are required and available online, advance discount tickets available, camping-shuttle-ferry-air tickets also available online.

July 18, 2014 (fri)  The Hustle Load Music Festival – at Z Club in Flint, MI. Metal to Industrial bands and artists. info on: facebook + facebook event 2014

July 18-19, 2014 (fri-sat)  Crash Detroit - Festival of Street Bands and Art – at various locations in Detroit. Music and art festival features lots of brass bands, marching bands and street art. website: crashdetroit.org

July 18-20, 2014 (fri-sun)  Faster Horses Festival – at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI. websites: fasterhorsesfestival.com + facebook
3-day country music festival and camping. Featured performers include Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Joe Diffie, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, more. Weekend 3-Day Tickets are $180. no single day tickets. Camping tickets are separate and in addition to Festival 3-day Admission Ticket.

July 18-20, 2014 (fri-sun)  Hiawatha Festival – in Marquette, MI (U.P.).
website: www.hiawathamusic.org
Annual. "Event features traditional-music styles that include bluegrass, old-time, Cajun, Celtic, acoustic blues and folk - including singer/songwriters - and dance. Mainstage acts include nationally known performers as well as regional and local favorites. The Festival also has special areas for children and teens with organized activities and performances designed for those age groups."

July 19, 2014 (sat)  Tilted Axes: Detroit (313) – Music for Mobile Electric Guitars – in Midtown Detroit. information: www.peppergreenmedia.com
a procession of local musicians that moves its way through Midtown Detroit with stops at key locations.

July 19-20, 2014 (sat-sun)  Michigan Vet Fest Music Festival
websites: michiganvetfest.com + Michigan Vet Fest Facebook + 2014 MVF 8 Facebook
Held annually in metro Detroit, 100% of Proceeds go to Veterans In Need. 2014 was at Motor City Eagles (F.O.E. 2265) in Redford Twp, MI, proceeds went to Veteran's Haven (in Wayne, MI), Wounded Warriors Project, and Operation Ward 57. Showcase performances by the Two Timin' Band, The Alligators, Dirty Mind band, Nobody's Business featuring Mario Messina, The Boa Constrictors, Lemon James, The Carpet Bombers, Broken Arrow Blues Band, Howard Glazer, The Sillies, Second Day Story band, Sweet Crystal band.

July 20, 2014 (sun)  Michigan Jazz Festival – in Livonia at Schoolcraft College (west of Detroit). websites: www.michiganjazzfestival.org + facebook.com
noon to 9:30pm. Annual event features lots of great straight ahead jazz. No smooth jazz. Held on the 3rd Sunday in July.

July 21-26, 2014 (thu-sat)  Marshall Bluegrass Festival – 15th Annual – in Marshall, MI, at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds. website: marshallbluegrassfestival.com
Michigan's Largest Jamming Festival!. camp sites available.

July 24-26, 2014 (thur-sat)  Sterlingfest Art and Music Fair – in Sterling Heights, MI (just north of Detroit). information on: http://www.sterling-heights.net/ + facebook
Features continuous entertainment throughout the day and nightly concerts on three stages. Event also has food from a dozen local restaurants, the works of dozens of artisans, fun and games for kids, adult beverages, more.

July 25-27, 2014 (fri-sun)  Music at St. Clair Riverfest – in St. Clair, MI (northeast of Detroit). website: www.stclairriverfest.com
FREE admission. Annual event combines Offshore Boat Racing with National Recording artists and draws over 100,000 visitors annually.

July 26, 2014 (sat)  Flint Folk Music Festival – in Flint, MI.
information at: www.flintfolkmusic.org
13th Annual in 2012, free admission, was held in Kearsley Park. no mention of one for 2013.

July 26, 2014 (sat)  New Country on the River – at Elizabeth Park in Trenton, MI. Lonestar headlines the third annual in 2014. Also performing are Ty Stone, Jo Caine, more. information at: 99.5 WYCD

July 31 – August 3, 2014 (thu-sun)  Woodtick Music Festival – in the U.P.
official website: www.woodtickfestival.com
Annual. "Woodtick Music Festival is a home-grown, Upper Peninsula style shindig featuring a variety of regional and not so regional bands who all have one thing in common .... they're damn good!"


August 1-3, 2014 (fri-sun)  Imminent Disclosure Camp Out Music Festival – in Lenox Twp.
website: imminentdisclosure.com + facebook.  The festival in Metro Detroit at 28 Mile Rd & Gratiot Ave in Lenox Twp is a cosmic themed extravaganza showcasing over 60 local hip hop groups, jam bands, and electronic music producers.

August 1-3, 2014 (fri-sun)  Rootenanny 2014 – in Marquette, MI.
websites: www.rootstand.com + facebook
Annual roots music festival hosted by Rootstand (a roots band).

August 1-3, 2014 (fri-sun)  The East Ports Blues Festival – in Port Sanilac, MI.
information: portsanilac.net/the-east-ports-blues-festival + facebook
features American Blues Music, beer tent, car show, vintage boat show, 5K race, BBQ, more.

August 2, 2014 (sat)  Backpack Music Festival – on Belle Isle, Detroit.
websites: www.backpackmusicfestival.net + facebook
Music lovers, artists, and families gather on Belle Isle Park to experience Detroit's Musical and Visual artistry, while helping raise funds to assist Michigan children in need of school supplies. Over 19 music performances featuring electronic, house, techno, funk DJs and Live Musicians. Plus a Kids Got Talent stage. Also has painting, story telling, drum circles, chess lessons, bounce house and more. Admission: $20 tax exempt donation.

August 2, 2014 (sat)  Memphis Blues Festival Michigan – in Memphis, MI (northeast of Detroit, a little southwest of Port Huron). information: facebook
Annual, Free Admission, approximately 12 blues performers.

August 5-9, 2014 (tue-sat)  Del Shannon Days – in Coopersville, MI (western MI, northwest of Grand Rapids). info: coopersvillefarmmuseum.org + facebook

August 6-9, 2014 (wed-sat)  Unity (Unity Christian Music Festival) – in Muskegon, MI.
held at Heritage Landing, info on facebook.

August 7-9 & August 14-16, 2014 (thu-sat)  Frankenmuth Summer Music Fest – in Frankenmuth (Mid-MI). information: www.frankenmuthfestivals.com + facebook
Annual event, 6 days of non-stop music events featuring 14 of the nations top polka bands.

August 7-10, 2014 (thu-sun)  Farmfest – in Johannesburg (northern lower peninsula).
website: www.farm-fest.com
Annual traditional music festival, a musician's playground. Gates open on Thursday. Main stage music begins on Friday. Drum Kiva, Fire circle jams, Parkin lot pickin, candle light labryinth walk, 2nd stage open mic, Blow your Face off harmonica contest, dances till 2am, kids stuff, workshops, great food, sacred land. $50 weekend pass, includes camping. $65 if you pay at the gate. Daily fee is $25.

August 7-10, 2014 (thu-sun)  River Raisin Jazz Festival – in Monroe (lower Southeast MI).
information: facebook + www.monroeinfo.com
Annual, at St Marys Park in Downtown Monroe. "Award Winning River Raisin Jazz Festival is one of the Great Lakes Region's largest & best FREE Jazz festivals. With more than 50,00 visitors in attendance each year from around the state and across the nation. We have hosted the BIGGEST names in Jazz plus local jazz artists."

August 8-9, 2014 (fri-sat)  CowPie Music Fest – in Alaska, MI (a little southeast of Grand Rapids). websites: on www.cowpiemusicfestival.com + facebook
43 bands, 226 musicians, 516 songs, 16 musical genres, two days, two stages, 700 FREE campsites, FREE parking, 50+ vendors, cold beer, thousands of your friends, and a FREE Cowpie Stampede Mud Run 5k course! weekend tickets $55 advance, $70 day of show. No individual day prices.

August 8-9, 2014 (fri-sat)  Rock Fest 2014 at The Ritz – in Warren, MI. features hard rock bands, info on facebook day 1 + facebook day 2

August 8-10, 2014 (fri-sun)  Great Lakes Folk Festival – in East Lansing, MI.
website: www.greatlakesfolkfest.net
annual festival. Free Admission. "GLFF offers a one-of-a-kind mix of music and dance stages, demonstrations of traditional arts and storytelling, authentic ethnic food, an arts marketplace, and many special activities for kids and their companions."

August 8-10, 2014 (fri-sun)  Music at Milford Memories Summer Festival – in Milford, MI (northwest of Detroit). info on: www.milfordmemories.com
2013 entertainment schedule was posted. Annual festival with over 200,000 attendees. variety of events and activities.

August 8-10, 2014 (fri-sun)  Grand Marais Music and Arts Festival – in the U.P. (upper peninsula). information: grandmaraismichigan.com (events tab) + facebook
Three days of music, food, crafts, and fun in Grand Marais. Annual event with Bluegrass, Blues, Classic Rock, Americana, Rockabilly, Jazz/Rock, Acoustic, more. An open mic second stage, artisans, food vendors, fun for the whole family, on-site camping available. 2011 Tickets were gate: $10 to $35, Children 12 and under Free when accompanied by an adult, camping extra.

August 8-17, 2014  Cheeseburger in Caseville – (Caseville is in Michigan's thumb).
information: www.casevillechamber.net/ + 2014 festival info/
Annual. City is "10 days festival that celebrates the lifestyle and music made popular by Jimmy Buffett." Carnival, Parade of Tropical Fools, Caribbean Street Dance, Live Entertainment, Vintage Motorcycle Show, Classic Car Show, Craft Show, Texas Hold'em Tournament, Golf Scramble, Beautiful Baby Contest, Lots of Cheeseburgers, more.

August 9, 2014 (sat)  Dirt Fest – at Birch Run Expo Center (north of Flint).
websites: dirtfest.com + facebook
Annual music and culture festival. Over 60 bands, multiple stages, many different styles of music. see lineup and get tickets from main website.

August 14-16, 2014 (thu-sat)  Milan Bluegrass Festival – in Milan, MI (lower Southeast MI).
information at: www.kccampgroundmilan.com/milan-bluegrass-festival + facebook
Annual. camping available.

August 15-17, 2014 (fri-sun)  Hoxeyville Music Festival – in Wellston, MI.
websites: www.hoxeyville.com + facebook
This year marks Hoxeyville's 11th anniversary, set on 85+ acres of pristine farmland and surrounded by natural hardwoods within the Manistee National Forest. Bluegrass and roots music, two stages featuring national touring artists and Michigan talent.

August 15-17, 2014 (fri-sun)  Ypsilanti Heritage Festival – at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti, MI (west of Detroit). websites: www.ypsilantiheritagefestival.com + facebook
Free Admission, Over 24 bands, 4 stages. Community festival also has Beer Garden, Casino Gambling, Children's Village, arts and crafts, midway foods, more.

August 16, 2014 (sat)  Muskegon Rockstock – at Heritage Landing in Muskegon, MI (Western Michigan). websites: www.muskegonrockstock.com + facebook.
Annual huge party complete with live music, food and drinks.

August 16, 2014 (sat)  Music at the Woodward Dream Cruise – bands, performers, djs, will be doing music at various stages and venues throughout the cruise route. more info on www.woodwarddreamcruise.com

August 16, 2014 (sat)  Mad Decent Block Party Detroit – at Meadow Brook Music Festival in Rochester Hills, MI. websites: www.maddecentblockparty.com + www.maddecent.com + facebook.  All ages, electronic and hip hop music.

August 21-24, 2014 (thu-sun)  Midland Folk Music Festival - 21st Annual – in Midland, MI (Mid Michigan). information: www.folkmusicsociety.org/p/folk-festival.html
Held at the Midland County Fairgrounds, 6905 Eastman Rd., Midland, MI. A folk music experience: a gathering of traditional folk musicians from all levels of play, folk enthusiasts and traditional dancers. "Join in the fun as we play, laugh, learn, listen, camp, perform, dance, sing, teach, learn, buy, trade and sell! Lots of jamming and open stage opportunities. Workshops are included with the price of admission."

August 22-23, 2014 (fri-sat)  Microbrew & Music Festival - Summer – in Traverse City, MI (Northwest Michigan). website: microbrewandmusic.com
“Each Microbrew & Music Festival features over 75 musicians, over 45 breweries and over 200 craft brew flavors, between 7 and 10 local food vendors.”

August 22-23, 2014 (fri-sat)  Great Lakes Gathering - Irish Festival – at First Merit Bank Event Park in Saginaw, MI, across the street from the Dow Event Center. website: www.greatlakesgathering.com
An all encompassing Irish music and cultural festival that showcases not only local & regional performers, but also those touring nationally and internationally. Also included in this year's event will be dancers, storytellers, workshops in music, dance and Irish Language. Plus Irish vendors, food vendors, beer pub tent and whiskey tastings.

August 22-24, 2014 (fri-sun)  Blues By The Bay – 13th Annual – in East Tawas, MI (East Michigan). website: bluesbythebaytawas.org
Three day blues festival presented by the Tawas Bay Blues Society (TBBS). Performer Line-Up on website, $20 for all three days.

August 22-24, 2014 (fri-sun)  Porcupine Mountains Music Festival - 10th Annual – in the U.P. (upper peninsula). websites: www.porkiesfestival.org + facebook
Held in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Annual festival features "folk, blues, bluegrass and contemporary music from top-class nationally touring artists as well as up and coming Michigan artists. 1,250 people per day will get to hear the over 30 artists who will appear on our outdoor stages."

August 22-24, 2014 (fri-sun)  Sun Dried Music Festival - 5th Annual – in Mason, MI (near Lansing).
websites: www.masondda.com/Sun-Dried.html + facebook
Free Admission, showcases a variety of musical performances ranging from rock, jazz, blues, latin jazz, salsa, and country.

August 23, 2014 (sat)  Harsens Island Bluegrass Festival – in East Michigan.
information on facebook.  noon to 9pm at the Harsens Island Schoolhouse Grille. Traveling to Harsens Island also requires a $7 (or more) ferry ride.

August 24, 2014 (sun)  Mack and Third 2014 – in Detroit. Kem's annual benefit festival and food drive to help the homeless in Detroit. info on facebook + wordpress

TBA 2014  Cosmic Slop Music Festival – in Detroit, MI.
websites: cosmicslopfest.com + facebook
3rd in 2013. noon to 2am, an All-Ages, Multi-Cultural Rock Music Festival. Fest also has Live Art, film screenings, food, more.

August 29-31, 2014 (fri-sun)  Marquette Area Blues Fest – in Marquette, MI (U.P., upper peninsula). website: www.marquetteareabluessociety.org/festival.php
Marquette Area Blues Society (MABS) Annual Blues Festival in the Upper Peninsula includes 10 scheduled main performances, music workshops, dance workshops, festival after party. Adult Tickets: Daily $30, Weekend $50. Children 14 and under free with paid adult. Student, Young Adult, and Pre-Festival ticket discounts available. call 906-227-1032 ror tickets.

August 29 – September 1, 2014 (fri-mon)  Arts, Beats & Eats Festival (Ford Arts, Beats & Eats) – in Royal Oak, MI (just north of Detroit).
websites: www.artsbeatseats.com + facebook
"Oakland County's Favorite Summer Festival Celebrating Art, Music, Cuisine and Humanity. Now in its 16th year, Ford Arts, Beats & Eats Presented by FirstMerit Bank takes place in Downtown Royal Oak. The festival will offer more than 200 performances on ten stages, a highly ranked Juried Fine Arts Show, local restaurants with some of the finest cuisine in metro Detroit, plus international, regional and local attractions. Festival admission is $3 until 5pm Saturday, Sunday & Monday and $5 after 5pm everyday. Fest is free to enter until 5pm on Friday only." parking is extra on all days. annual event every Labor Day Weekend.

August 29 – September 1, 2014 (fri-mon)  Detroit Jazz Festival - 35th Annual – at Hart Plaza, Downtown Detroit Riverfront. website: www.detroitjazzfest.com
Free Admission, Six stages. Detroit International Jazz Festival has Jazz & crossover music.

August 29 – September 1, 2014 (fri-mon)  Michigan On Mute – at Rocky's Pub in Riverview, MI (Downriver). website: www.michiganonmute.com
Music Festival featuring about 50 recording artists, mostly of Michigan Craft Records independent record label based in metro Detroit. Two stages, diverse lineup crossing music genres.

August 30, 2014 (sat)  Michigan Music Festival 2014 – at Saint Andrew's Hall and The Shelter in Detroit.
information on facebook + www.saintandrewsdetroit.com
Over 18 bands will perform inside Saint Andrews Hall and The Shelter. Event will host a little bit of Rock, Hard Rock, Metal and even some Funky Blues Tunes.

August 30, 2014 (sat)  Thumbfest – in Lexington (in Michigan's Thumb).
information when posted: www.bluewaterfolksociety.org + facebook
"A FREE all-day music festival for the entire family with music stages spread throughout downtown Lexington. Thumbfest spotlights acoustic music from traditions as diverse as New Orleans brass to Celtic, PanWorld to blues, Eastern European to Americana. There are multiple stages, workshops, jam sites, dance hall, song circles, children's stage area, crafts and a Hootenanny at the end of the night. Be sure to bring your instrument, lawn chairs AND your singing voice so you can participate in the events."


September 5-6, 2014 (fri-sat)  Brighton's Smokin' Jazz & Barbecue Blues Festival – in Brighton, MI (northwest of Detroit). official information: www.brightoncoc.org/ + facebook
Annual event, Free Admission. "“Each year, thousands of people come to experience the tastiest of barbecue, the smoothest of jazz and the bluest of blues, washing it all down with ice cold beverages from the beer and wine garden!”

September 5-7, 2014 (fri-sun)  Wheatland Music Festival – in Remus, MI (Mid Michigan).
website: www.wheatlandmusic.org
40th Annual in 2013. Festival held the first weekend after Labor day in September. 160-acre festival site, juried arts and crafts show, raffle, children's activities, teen and young adult activities, instrument and dance workshops, music, food. Impromptu jam sessions can be found throughout the campgrounds all weekend long. Weekend tickets sold in advance only, Sunday only tickets are available at the gate.

September 6, 2014 (sat)  Music at Dally in the Alley – in Detroit.
official website: dallyinthealley.com + facebook
Held annually the Saturday after Labor Day. 4 stages featuring many styles of music, plus a local artists gallery.

September 12-14, 2014 (fri-sun)  Michigan Irish Music Festival – in Downtown Muskegon (West Michigan). websites: www.michiganirish.org + facebook
Festival features an outstanding line-up of music on 3 stages, an Irish Pub, Market vendors, cultural activities, more. tickets: daily admission charge or $25 for a three day pass.

September 13-14, 2015 [next year](fri-sat)  AlteredSkin Revolution – in Saginaw, MI. websites: www.alteredskinrevolution.com + facebook
event features over 22 bands and a tattoo contest.

TBA 2015 [next year]  Music at DIY Street Fair (Do-It-Yourself) – in Ferndale, MI. websites: diystreetfair.com + facebook
Annual event is skipping 2014 due to MDOT street closures and construction issues.

September 19-20, 2014 (fri-sat)  Forever Festival – electronic music festival at Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights, MI (north of Detroit). information at: freedomhill.net

September 19-20, 2014 (fri-sat)  FallFest Bluegrass Festival – in Lowell, MI (West Michigan)
information on: www.wmbma.org/
19th Annual in 2014. Music Festival is put on by the West Michigan Bluegrass Music Association (W.M.B.M.A.), held at the Kent County Fairgrounds. Regional and local bands, band scramble, workshops, camping available.

September 19-20, 2014 (fri-sat)  Old Town BluesFest – in Lansing. Annual Free blues festival with national, regional, and local acts. info on facebook

September 19-21, 2014 (fri-sun)  Flat Rock Riverfest – at Huroc Park in Flat Rock, MI (south of Detroit). websites: flatrockriverfest.com + facebook + www.flatrockmi.org
many music acts plus monster trucks, fireworks, beer tent, more.

September 25-27, 2014 (thu-sat)  Midwest Fest VII (MWFest) – at Hunter's Ale House in Mt. Pleasant, MI (Mid Michigan). websites: mwfest.com + facebook.  7th annual festival featuring music from all over the Midwest, 16 bands.

September 26-27, 2014 (fri-sat)  Oktoberfest West Michigan – in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan). website: www.oktoberfestwestmichigan.com
"We are hosting the largest known Alphorn Ensemble in the US". Free Admission, free parking, held at John Ball Park, put on by the Edelweiss Club. German music, dancing, authentic German food, beer tent, more.

October 4, 2014 (sat)  29th Michigan State Championship Old-Time Fiddlers Contest – in New Boston, MI (southwest of Detroit).
information: huronapplefest.com/fiddlers-contest
Annual event. Contestants must play a waltz, a schottische, a jig and a reel in a manner suitable to Michigan old-time dancing. Contest is part of the Huron Township Applefest.

October 15-18, 2014 (wed-sat)  Edgefest – in Ann Arbor, MI.
official information on: www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com
Annual Jazz and Creative Music festival, takes place at several venues. "17th annual Edgefest (2013) will celebrate new music created by today's American improvisers and composers who explore the versatility of the piano. In the tradition of Edgefest, roster includes international musicians as well as performers and ensembles from our home community of Southeast Michigan and showcases some of the most celebrated and creative multi-instrumentalists on the scene today. As in past years, Edgefest reaches out beyond the concert hall with Fringe at the Edge performances, public discussions, workshops and school residencies. The community is invited to attend all educational and Fringe events free of charge."

October 17-18, 2014 (fri-sat)  Big Country Fest – in Frankenmuth, MI.
website: www.bigcountryfest.com
5th Annual MI's Big Country Fest! Enjoy Six of the Area's Most Popular Bands, Beer & Mixed Drinks, Mechanical Bull, Down-Home BBQ Dinners & Snacks, Line Dancing and much more.

TBA 2014  Mackinac Island Music Festival – on Mackinac Island, MI.
website: mackinacislandmusicfestival.org
9th Annual, Heart of a Woman is the theme for this season's festival and as such will feature Michigan's best female musicians.

November 6-9 & 13-16, 2014   Lamb's Retreat for Songwriters – 20th Annual – in Harbor Springs (northwest tip of lower peninsula). full information at: www.springfed.org
Presented by Springfed Arts, retreat is open to all songwriters, their friends and family. Write a song, inspirational talk/presentations, discussions on craft/creative process, open mic/song swaps, one on one sessions, good food.

November 15, 2014 (sat)  Echo Fest V – at the Loving Touch in Ferndale, MI.
info on facebook: www.facebook.com/EchofestDetroit
Annual. Experimental and psychedelic music, visuals, 12 local and regional bands, two stages.

TBA 2014 (sat)  Lookin' Back Annual Bob Seger Tribute Holiday Dinner Concert – at On The Dunes Sports & Banquet Facility in Commerce Twp, MI. (north of Detroit). official information: tributetoseger.com + tickets   Lookin' Back's Grand Finale Concert of 2013. We are planning to make this one of our BEST Annual Bob Seger Tribute events and on par with our Annual Bob Seger Birthday Bash. two-tier tickets, with or without dinner.

TBA 2014 (sat)  Fall Metal Fest – at Diesel Concert Lounge in Chesterfield, MI (northeast of Detroit). 4th in 2013. 10+ bands, a vendors alley, ages 18+, venue has a 500 person capacity. info when available: www.dieselconcertlounge.com

TBA 2014 (sat)  Noel Night in Midtown Detroit - Annual
midtowndetroitinc.org/events/noel-night/noel-night
5pm-10pm. Activities will include holiday shopping, horse-drawn carriage rides, family craft activities and performances by over 200 area music, theatre, and dance groups. Over 70 Midtown venues, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Michigan Science Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Historical Museum, and the Detroit Public Library, amongst many others, will open their doors to the public Free of Charge during this Cultural Center-wide holiday "open house". Festivities culminate with a community sing-along on Woodward Ave led by the Salvation Army Band �a long-standing Noel Night tradition.

TBA 2014 (sat)  Jingle Ballz 6 – local rock and metal bands at The Crofoot in Pontiac, MI. info when available at www.thecrofoot.com/events

TBA 2014 (sun)  101 WRIF Rock 4 Tots in metro Detroit. 6th in 2013. Lots of bands rock the house to raise money for children's Christmas presents. info when available at www.wrif.com/events/

December 25, 2014 (thursday)  Christmas
Merry Christmas to all music lovin' residents in Michigan and to everyone around the world!

December 27, 2013 (fri)  Motor City Movement - Dance Choreographers Showcase – at The Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac, MI (north of Detroit). official information: www.thecrofoot.com/events/
“A night at MCM includes a live dance show, a cash bar, guest DJs and one of the biggest dance parties/dance jams in Metro Detroit. Launching in 2010, Motor City Movement took the Michigan dance community by storm with the biggest collaboration of choreographers the area had never seen. Over 20 locally and nationally recognized choreographers and dance crews, and appearances from guest artists, come together to show off the latest and greatest choreography the Detroit dance scene has to offer through a live performance open to the public.”

December 31, 2014 (wednesday night)  New Year's Eve Parties throughout all Michigan. Enjoy Great Music Entertainment!

To find most New Year's Eve Parties, see your local paper or local community website. Too many to list here.




CONCERT SERIES AND MUSIC SERIES throughout Michigan

Rockin' on the Riverfront Summer Concerts - Detroit, MI – annual in conjunction with WCSX, Free Admission classic rock concerts at the GM Riverfront Plaza (back of GM Renaissance Center) in Downtown Detroit.

Sonic Lunch - Ann Arbor, MI – annual. Bank of Ann Arbor's Sonic Lunch is a Free outdoor summer concert series at Liberty Plaza on Thursdays at lunch time from June to August.

New Center Park Concerts and Music Nights - Detroit, MI – annual. June to September. Some events are free, some charge admission.

Chene Park Jazz Series - Detroit, MI – June 11 to August 13, 2014. Rain or shine, all patrons require a ticket.

Friday Night Concert Series - Northville, MI – All Concerts are Free. annual, end of May to end of August.

Music in the Park - Plymouth, MI – Annual. Wednesdays during summer in Kellogg Park.  facebook

Music in the Parks - Flint, MI – Annual. Four Free Concerts in July and August.  facebook

White Crow Conservatory of Music Concert Series - Saginaw, MI – It also has workshops, festivals and special events throughout the year.

Manitou Music Festival (MMF) Concert Series - Leelanau County – Annual in July and August, in the Northwest Lower Peninsula. various types of music.

Scarab Club Music Events - Detroit, MI – various throughout the year.  facebook

Ten Pound Fiddle Concert and Dance Series - Lansing, MI – contra and square dances, all are taught, callers call out the moves to a live band.

Bach Festival of Kalamazoo Concert Series – in Kalamazoo (Southwest MI). Annual, in or near April.

MAMA's Coffee House Concert Series - Bloomfield Hills, MI – Winter/Spring and Fall series. It's a nonprofit organization and a production of Michigan Acoustic Musicians Alliance (MAMA) and Birmingham Unitarian Church.

Music in the Park Summer Concert Series - Mackinac Island, MI – annual. June to August. Concerts are free, presented by the Mackinac Arts Council.




Find More Music Events in Michigan, including Local Music Bars and Clubs

Michigan Shows - list of Festivals and Music

Metro Times - List of Music Events – in metro Detroit. performers, events at bars and venues. searchable.

Playing Here - Michigan – local music calendar arranged by city & venue on playinghere.com

Flint Area and Genesee County Music Events – list includes dates, descriptions, event links.

Detroit Area Blues Events – throughout the year. one continually updated page of event dates, location, artists, and contact info listed by the Detroit Blues Society (DBS). also see DBS Official Events.

U.P.Bands.com – their list of festivals includes all of the upper peninsula and northern Wisconson.

Freep.com Music News – Detroit Free Press online, page has link to current week music events.

Fusicology Detroit Events – underground, house, freestyle, soul ...

Frankenmuth Festivals – in Frankenmuth (Mid-MI).

Cranbrook Music Guild – in Bloomfield Hills, MI. classical/chamber music events.


JAM NIGHTS and OPEN MIC

Jazz Events and Jams in Mid Michigan – listed by the Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan (JAMM).

Open Jam Nights Facebook Page - Metro Detroit and Michigan – "Local Places where Musicians and anyone can go to and Listen or Participate in and Show thier Talent or just wanna cut loose and meet new friends who love to do the same. So if YOU Host 1 or 5 of them or attend 1 on a weekly basis Post the Venue, Day+Time here! So Everyone here will know where to go."

Open Mic Nights - Michigan – many are listed on openmikes.org

Acoustic Jam Night at Coopersville Farm Museum and Event Center – First and Third Tuesday of every month, year round, for beginner and experienced alike. It has become a community gathering with upwards of 35 Michigan musicians playing at any given time, a mix of old gospel, country, bluegrass, and folk music. Cost is $4 each (kids 12 & under are free).



Submissions for Music Events in Michigan

Except for specific submission pages below, if you want to perform at events listed on this page, visit event websites for application/submission pages or to contact them directly to get details on who books their music entertainment.

Arts, Beats & Eats – submissions start in February. annually has over 200 music performances on ten stages.

Stars & Stripes Festival, Uncle Sam Jam, St. Clair Riverfest, Harley Fest, Rocking on the Riverfront Concert Series, Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, Opening Act slots at Freedom Hill Amphitheatre. click → Band Submission Page at FunFest Productions Inc. – starting mid-February.

WYCD Detroit Downtown Hoedown Local Band Submission - country music fest, submissions usually accepted starting in February.

Sterlingfest Art & Music Fair – submissions start in February.

Metro Times Blowout Submissions Page – Michigan bands musicians only – submissions usually accepted in February.

Dirt Fest – submissions start in February, deadline in June. Annual event held at Birch Run Expo Center (north of Flint) in early August. Lots of bands, 4 stages, different styles of music.



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